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On 3 June 1992, six months after Eddie ‘Koiki’ Mabo’s tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest.

Join the Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts for a special screening of Mabo: Life of an Island Man, a documentary that tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place – on Murray Island and in Australian history.

When: Wednesday 7 June 2017, 12:30-2:00pm.
Where: Mitchell Theatre, Level 1, Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, 280 Pitt St, Sydney.
Cost: Free – no booking required.
Contact: or 02 9266 0778

Mabo: Life of an Island Man (1997)
Director:  Trevor Graham.
Writer: Trevor Graham.
Producer: Trevor Graham and Denise Haslem.
Executive Producers: Sharon Connolly

Please note: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that this screening may contain images and voices of people who have died.

Images courtesy Sydney Mechanic’s School of Arts.